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9:30 AM ET, May 31, 2012


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Mark Murray /
NBC-Marist polls: Obama, Romney deadlocked in three key states  —  President Obama phones Mitt Romney to congratulate him for locking up the GOP nomination.  NBC's Steve Handelsman reports.  —  President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are deadlocked …
Marist Poll:
5/31: Obama and Romney Vie for Lead in Colorado  —  President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are neck and neck in Colorado, a state Obama won by nine points in 2008.  Among registered voters statewide including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Obama receives 46% to 45% for Romney.
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Marist Poll:
5/31: Obama and Romney Tied in Iowa  —  In Iowa, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are in a dead heat.  Among registered voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Obama receives 44% while Romney garners the same proportion — 44%.
Discussion: Politico
Marist Poll:
5/31: Obama and Romney Neck and Neck in Nevada  —  In the battle for Nevada's six electoral votes, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are very competitive.  Obama receives 48% to 46% for Mitt Romney, among registered voters in Nevada including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.
Discussion: 2012 Decoded
Jim Vandeheiand Mike Allen / Politico:
To GOP, blatant bias in vetting
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bloomberg Plans a Ban on Large Sugared Drinks  —  New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
Mayor Bloomberg Seeks Ban On Large Sugary Drinks In City Eateries
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Fox's “Four years of hope and change”; Update: “Not authorized at the senior executive level of the network”  —  Considering the source.  —  I don't disagree with much, if anything, in this video presented earlier today on Fox & Friends.  Neither, I suspect, will many of our readers.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Obama Video on Fox News Criticized as Attack Ad
Justin Berrier / Media Matters for America:
Fox & Friends Drops The Veil, Produces Four-Minute Anti-Obama Attack Ad
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama team bashes Romney record as governor  —  President Obama's re-election team kicks off its campaign against Mitt Romney's term as governor of Massachusetts today with a new video and anti-Romney testimony from state Democrats.  —  The four-minute film notes that Romney raised state fees …
Discussion: The Reaction
Romney's Massachusetts record under scrutiny in Obama campaign video
Mark Mellman / The Hill:   Bain is fair game for Obama
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   E.J. Dionne's self-refuting shot at Mitt Romney
Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin Unions See Ranks Drop Ahead of Recall Vote  —  Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in membership—by more than half for the second-biggest union—since a law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to bargain over wages and working conditions.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Barrett Can't Name Any Schools Hurt by Walker's Collective Bargaining Reforms
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Republican Foreign Policy Establishment Slow to Embrace Romney  —  Henry A. Kissinger gave his endorsement to John McCain more than a year and a half before the last presidential election, explaining in April 2007 that Mr. McCain's “record, character, and belief that America's best days lie ahead” …
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Condoleezza Rice Endorses Romney Citing His Leadership
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and The Hill
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: It Was Never Bill Clinton's Party  —  Yesterday, we got word that Artur Davis, the former Democratic representative from Alabama's majority-black Seventh Congressional District and failed 2010 gubernatorial candidate, jumped from the Democratic party to the Republican party.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren's biggest whopper of them all  —  There is something frighteningly Obama-like in Elizabeth Warren's self-descriptions.  Warren paints a personal narrative of rising from poverty and being the descendant of the brutalized Cherokee tribe, when in reality neither was true …
Discussion: TBogg and BREITBART.COM
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Anti-abortion groups turn ‘war on women’ charge against Democrats  —  Groups opposed to abortion rights are turning charges of a GOP “war on women” against Democrats who are opposed to legislation meant to ban sex-selective abortions.  —  Democrats hoping to grow a gender gap among female …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and
Shannon Bream / Fox News:
House debates bill to ban sex-selective abortions
Dan Rather / Reuters:
Report: Chavez's cancer has ‘entered the end stage’  —  A special report from Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor of HDNet's Dan Rather Report  —  This reporter has been told that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has “entered the end stage”.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Buddy Roemer quits 2012 race  —  Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer announced in a statement this morning that his quixotic independent campaign for president has come to an end.  —  After failing to get access to the GOP primary debates last year, Roemer had decided to run as an independent …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Boston Globe:
Warren says she told schools of heritage  —  Acknowledges identifying as Native American after hirings  —  Governor Deval Patrick (right) endorsed Elizabeth Warren's Senate candidacy at a campaign event on Wednesday.  (Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff)  —  Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth …
New York Times:
On Edwards Jury's Eighth Day, Alternates Are Sent Home  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — After more than 45 hours of jury deliberations over eight days, there is still no verdict on whether former Senator John Edwards is guilty of violating federal campaign laws.  —  But some moments in the courtroom …
Discussion: The Page and WHNT-TV
Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
O They Will Know We Are Christians... our hate:  —  A four-year-old child at a church in Indiana gets a standing ovation when he sings “Ain't no homos gonna make it to heaven.”  Looks like it was at a wedding.  Paul Loebe at Free Thought Blogs: … The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle is in Greensburg, Indiana.
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Jodi Jacobson / RH Reality Check:
Florida Rep. Allen West Jokes About Seniors, Pink Slips, And His Vote for the Let Women Die Act of 2011
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
As College Grads Cluster, Some Cities Are Left Behind
Discussion: The New Republic
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers
Chip Somodevilla / Rolling Stone:
SEC: Taking on Big Firms is ‘Tempting,’ But We Prefer Whaling on Little Guys
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Bil Browning / The Bilerico Project:
SEIU Passes Trans Healthcare Resolution & Builds Progressive Partnerships
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 Earlier Items: 
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New Details on Conviction of Pakistani Doctor
Steve Cooper / We Party Patriots:
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Discussion: Taking Note and Crooks and Liars
Illinois State Rep. Goes Berserk in Epic Rant
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Website reveals pols' deleted tweets
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Economically, Obama Is No Jimmy Carter
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim Romenesko:
AP wants to get prostitutes away from its DC bureau